Alstom and the Saudi Railway Company explore hydrogen solutions for Saudi Arabia
Alstom and Saudi Railway Company (SAR) have inked a memorandum of understanding for the possible rollout of hydrogen trains and associated infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia wants to reduce its (economic) dependency on hydrocarbons and fossil fuels. The Kingdom is working towards this goal under the Saudi Vision 2030 programme. For SAR, this means that it too is exploring new ways to align its activities with the Vision 2030. As such, Alstom and SAR will study how to adapt hydrogen train solution for Saudi Arabia.
“The focus on sustainable mobility solutions including the hydrogen technology will be a key enabler to the diversification and economic growth of the Kingdom,” said Mama Sougoufara, Alstom’s Managing Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
Saudi Arabia caught the attention of the global railway industry earlier this year, when it announced its intention to build some 8,000 kilometres of new railway lines, more than doubling its existing network.
Alstom, on its part, made headlines last week by covering a record distance of 1,175 kilometres with its Coradia iLint hydrogen train on a single filling.
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